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The National Portrait Gallery in London has commissioned a portrait of activist Malala Yousafzai. The portrait, currently on public display, was done by Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat and was commissioned with funds from Outset Contemporary Art Fund. “I am honored to have my portrait included in the National Portrait Gallery alongside some of Britain’s most influential writers, artists, and leaders,” said Yousafzai. “I hope it will remind visitors that girls everywhere are fighting for change in their communities and countries — their stories must also be heard.”
The Contemporary Austin has secured funds to acquire Ai Weiwei’s sculpture “Iron Tree Trunk” (2015). The sculpture was installed in 2017 among the trees at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, and now a challenge grant from the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation that included gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporate donors has made the acquisition possible.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has acquired the Howard Greenberg Collection of Photographs, funded by a gift from the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust. The collection, compiled over the course of 35 years, consists of 447 photographs by 191 artists. Included in those photographs are “rare prints of modernist masterpieces and mid-20th century classics,” according to the press release. An exhibition of photographs from the collection will open on August 11, 2019, remaining on view through December 16, 2019. “I am truly thrilled and delighted to have the MFA as the recipient of my personal collection of photographs,” said Greenberg. “ … My collection will be an important addition in that it completes certain aspects of mid-20th-century photography, and improves what already exists, including the period between the wars.”
The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) have acquired over 200 Rajput and Pahari paintings from the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection to be divided between the two public museums. The paintings were acquired through a gift/purchase by Catherine Glynn Benkaim and her partner Barbara Timmer. The collection is part of a subset of paintings that were made for royal patrons in the Rajput kingdoms of India.
The Scottish Maritime Museum has acquired John Bellany’s painting “The Boat Builders” with £95,000 (~$109,000) from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), £90,000 (~$104,000) from the Art Fund, and £15,000 (~$17,000) from the National Fund for Acquisitions. “The Boat Builders” will go on display in the Scottish Maritime Museum’s exhibition Maritime Perspectives: Collecting Art of a Seafaring Nation, which closes on October 21. Afterwards, the painting will remain on view until the end of March, at which point it will undergo conservation work before becoming a part of the permanent display.
A US couple, Bruce and Robbi Toll, who loaned an Impressionist piece by Camille Pissaro to the Marmottan Museum in Paris in 2017 have been told that they will not be getting it back because it was looted from a Jewish family during the World War II occupation of Paris. A Paris court ordered the Tolls to relinquish the painting, titled “La Cueillette des Pois [Picking Peas]” (1887), which they bought from Christie’s in New York in 1995 for $800,000. The painting was owned by Simon Bauer, a Jewish businessman who had 93 paintings seized by the Vichy government. The painting was on display in a Pissarro retrospective at the Marmottan Museum when it was spotted by Bauer’s grandson, Jean-Jacques Bauer, who has been tracking down his grandfather’s missing paintings for the past 50 years. The painting is now worth about $1.75 million. Bruce Toll co-founded the US luxury homebuilder company Toll Brothers.
The Tate collection has acquired the following works through the 2018 Frieze Tate Fund: Sonia Boyce’s “The Audition” (1997), Giorgio Griffa’s “Rose e grigio” (1969), Claudette Johnson’s “Standing Figure with African Masks” (2018), and Johanna Unzueta’s “April, May 2016 NY” (2016). “The Frieze Tate Fund has made an important contribution to the national collection of contemporary art at Tate,” said Maria Balshaw, director of the Tate. “We are once again excited to be able to select work from Frieze so that a broad public at Tate can experience new art as it emerges.” [via email announcement]
Christie’s Rooms as Portraits: Michael S. Smith and A Tale of Two Cities sale in New York and Los Angeles brought in a total of $3,273,000 on September 26. The sale’s top lot, Richard Diebenkorn’s “Untitled (Ocean Park)” (1971), sold for $348,500.
Christie’s Contemporary Edition online sale brought in a total of £745,625 (~$968,000) from September 14–26. The sale’s top lot, Richard Serra’s “Hreppholar III & VIII, from: Afangar Icelandic Series” (1991), sold for £52,500 (~$68,000).
Sotheby’s Alias Daniel Cordier Paris online sale brought in a total of €554,000 (~$640,000) from September 24–October 1. The sale’s top lot, Henri Michaux’s “Trois Grandes Tâches, Passion Végétale [2 Oeuvres]” (1954–55), sold for €47,500 (~$55,000).
Sotheby’s London sale of Important Picasso Ceramics online brought in a total of £1,343,500 (~$1,743,000) on September 28. The sale’s top lot, Pablo Picasso’s ceramic vase, “Gros Oiseau Picasso A.R. 185” (1953), sold for £112,500 (~$146,000).
Sotheby’s sale of Prints & Multiples in London brought in a total of £4,393,688 (~$5,700,000) on September 26. The sale’s top lot, Andy Warhol’s “The Scream (After Munch)” (1984), sold for £382,000 (~$496,000).
Sotheby’s Alias Daniel Cordier sale in Paris brought in a total of €4,131,252 (~$4,770,000) on September 27. The sale’s top lot, Simon Hantaï’s “Untitled (Double Sided)” (1973), sold for €465,000 (~$537,000).
Sotheby’s Modern Art Evening sale in Hong Kong brought in a total of 1,109,363,500 Hong Kong dollars (HKD) (~$141,549,000) on September 30. The sale’s top lot, Zao Wou-Ki’s painting “Juin-Octobre 1985” (1985), sold for 510,371,000 HKD (~$65,121,000).
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening sale in Hong Kong brought in a total of 455,593,000 HKD (~$58,131,000) on September 30. The sale’s top lot, Joan Mitchell’s painting “Syrtis” (1961), sold for 56,513,000 HKD (~$7,211,000).
Sotheby’s Fine Classical Chinese Paintings sale in Hong Kong brought in a total of 39,001,250 HKD (~$4,976,000) on October 1. The sale’s top lot, Bada Shanren (Zhu Da)’s “Pine Tree and Rock” (1702), sold for 13,320,000 HKD (~$1,700,000).
Sotheby’s sale of Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art in Hong Kong brought in a total of 62,161,250 HKD (~$7,931,000) on October 1. The sale’s top lot, Isaac Israels’s “Two Javanese Ladies,” sold for 2,250,000 HKD (~$287,000).
Sotheby’s sale of Contemporary Art in Hong Kong brought in a total of 114,333,750 HKD (~$14,588,000) on October 1. The sale’s top lot, Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin” (1989), sold for 5,400,000 HKD (~$689,000).
Sotheby’s sale of Modern Asian art in Hong Kong brought in a total of 78,347,500 HKD (~$9,997,000) on October 1. The sale’s top lot, Chu Teh-Chun’s “Frimas II” (1986), sold for 7,320,000 HKD (~$934,000).
Sotheby’s sale of Fine Chinese Paintings in Hong Kong brought in a total of 333,643,250 HKD (~$42,571,000) on October 2. The sale’s top lot, Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien)’s “Self-Portrait with a Tibetan Mastiff,” sold for 49,739,000 HKD (~$6,346,000).
Sotheby’s sale of American Art in New York brought in a total of $3,953,375 on October 2. The sale’s top lot, William MacLeod’s “View of the City of Washington from the Anacostia Shore” (1856) sold for $312,500.
Swann Auction Galleries’ sale of Printed & Manuscript American was the highest earning Americana auction at the galleries in six years, bringing in a total of $1.2 million on September 27. The sale’s top lot, Francis W. de Winton’s diary, containing notes on pow-wows with Indians during an official tour of western Canada, sold for $65,000. [via email announcement]
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has received a promised gift of $1 million from philanthropist and photographer Michael Becker. This is the largest gift in the museum’s history and will go towards the museum’s endowment as towards operations, exhibitions, and other programming. Becker donates to a number of charities that focus on LGBTQ rights, AIDS treatment, mental health, and educational and arts work.
While staying as a house guest, a naked Le Corbusier defiled Gray’s minimalist, color-blocked walls that were only restored in 2015.
Keep your friends close and your bad art friends closer.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
In his new book, Tyler Green argues that landscape was Emerson’s method of glorifying territories shaped and bordered by white men.
“The 52-hertz Whale,” which sings a song at a frequency no other whale uses, is a social media phenomenon. But this film shows that the phenomenon says more about us than whales.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
The unvarnished photographs celebrate the lives, beauty, and resilience of an oppressed group at Chile’s social peripheries in the 1980s, and the series was recently acquired by MOCA in Los Angeles.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.